Within a week very recently, two similar tales were unfolding publicly in different parts of the country.
In Mississippi, a high-schooler is holding on to her school library's copy of Ellen Wittlinger’s young adult novel Sandpiper.
In Lewiston, Maine, a parent refuses to return Robie Harris' acclaimed sex education book It's Perfectly Normal.
It's the bane of nearly every library's existence – too many books aren't returned by their due date. There's a litany of reasons for this: forgetfulness, lack of concern or, often, sincere attachment to or interest in the publication.
Unfortunately, there's another, more disconcerting reason some people don’t return their books. They don't think anyone else should read them.